NAMM2013: Alesis DMDock

Unphased by their inability to deliver on previously promised iPad docks, Alesis is promising a new one today!

This model even comes with its own drum kit...


DM Dock Pro Kit

iPad-Integrated Premium Electronic Drumset

  • Includes DM Dock drum module for iPad
  • 5 RealHead dual-zone pads offer a natural feel: 12 ˝ Snare (x1) + 12 ˝ Toms (x2) + 10 ˝ Toms (x2)
  • StealthKick 2 compact kick trigger; Pro X Kick pedal
  • 12 ˝ Hi-Hat (x1) + 16 ˝ 3-zone Ride (x1) + 14 ˝ Crash (x2)
  • Chrome-plated 4-post rack; adjustable snare stand

Allegedly you can buy the dock separately to attach it to any electronic drum kit you may already own, with 13 1/4" drum inputs. Alesis aren't speculating on when that might be though.

NAMM2013: Numark iDJ Live 2

Numark have updated their iDJ Live controller to revision 2, offering a lower profile and lit-up platters. They also now include support for 30-pin, Lightning, and USB connectors.

iDJ Live II

DJ Controller for iOS, Mac, and PC

  • Works with iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, plus Mac and PC laptops
  • Seamless integration with Algoriddim’s djay and vjay apps (sold separately)
  • Algoriddim’s djay LE software for Mac included
  • Crossfader, EQ controls, and capacitive dual-zone touch-activated platters
  • Headphone/speaker splitter cable and stand for iPad included
  • Available with USB and 30-pin or USB and Lightning connections
  • Core MIDI- and standard MIDI-compatible

No word on pricing or availability. The iDJ Live currently retails for $81, so let's say $100 in Maybe May?

NAMM2013: iConnectMIDI4+

Last year iConnectivty released iConnectMIDI, a MIDI box that offered the ability to connect your MIDI gear to both your computer and iPad simultaneously. This was a neat trick, but at $179 it was hard to get excited about.

This year will see something worth getting excited about!

The iConnectMIDI4+, available in the first quarter of this year, will more than quadruple the capabilities of the original, for $199.99!

In addition to the 4 In/Out MIDI Din pairs on the device, you can connect 8 more bits of USB-MIDI gear through the USB hub port. Once you've wired your whole studio up to this thing you can then use all of your gear from up to 3 computers/iPads via USB.

This alone is a pretty amazing feat, but they've gone the extra step to also make this some kind of crazy audio pass-through interface. You can steam audio from all of the connected devices!

I can't believe they're selling this for $200. Dedicated MIDI boxes usually start at $350, and only let you connect up to 8 instruments to 1 computer. This thing will even charge your iPad!

12 MIDI connections, 3 computing device connections, and audio streaming between all 3. Incredible! There's even a network cable connector in there to do networked MIDI, though I have no information on how that would work. MATRIXSYNTH has further details.

  • 4 In & 4 Out pairs of MIDI DIN Connectivity
  • Connect 8 additional MIDI devices via USB Host Port + Powered USB Hub
  • Over 64 user configurable ports of 16 Channels of MIDI per port
  • Audio Pass-Through Between Up to 3 Computing Devices
  • Multi-Host Capability - Connect 3 Computing Devices Directly & More via Network
  • Network Connectivity
  • Integrated MIDI Manager With Snapshot Preset Storage - For MIDI Thru, MIDI Merge, Filtering, and Advanced Routing Control
  • Supports MAC, PC, and iOS Computing Devices
  • USB MIDI Class Compliant
  • Plug and Play - No Drivers Needed
  • Charge iOS Devices

AC-7 Core HD Review

Flux302 has done a detailed review of the recently released AC-7 Core HD, a DAW control surface app for iPad (iOS 6 Only).

Buy AC-7 Core HD on iTunes: $4.99

NAMM2013: IK iLoud - Stereo Loud Speaker

NAMM is here! Get ready for lots of new gear announcements!

NAMM is the North American Music Merchants convention, or more accurately known as Not Available Maybe May. This is one of the largest trade shows in the world for music gear and goodies. Although it doesn't start until tomorrow, there are already a lot of announcements and promos coming out this week!

IK MultiMedia has announced, in addition to their product line from CES2013, the new iLoud stereo speakers. Designed to be battery operated, these claim to be the "first portable stereo studio monitors."

The iLoud and iLoud mini are the same size as the iPad and iPad mini, offering both 1/8"/3.5mm stereo jacks and Bluetooth for connecting to your iDevices.

The larger of the two not only packs a lot of sound in a tiny space, but there is also a complete iRig guitar interface in there somewhere. This will allow you to connect your guitar through the iLoud and into your iDevices and then back out through the speaker. The mini only has a single stereo jack for input.

These are expected to be available sometime in the second quarter of this year (Not Available, Maybe May?) and will be priced $299.99 / €239.99 for the large one, $199.99 / €159.99 for the mini. Here is a promo video for the entire 2013 IK product line.

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